According to Statistics Canada, there has been a decline in the ratio of unemployed people to job vacancies. The jobs available also cover a wide range of skills, and the highest demand is for retail salespeople. However, the average annual salary for a retail salesperson is $24,128, which is far less than the national average salary of $49,000. The question is, are there jobs that are in high demand in Canada and also pay well? The answer is yes. You just need to know where to look.
Mobile Applications Developer
According to employment website Workopolis, the growing mobile market means that the demand for professionals who can develop smartphone and tablet apps will continue to grow. While not all job ads in this field mention educational requirements, you will need a tertiary qualification, preferably a university degree, in computer science.
User Experience (UX) Designer
Workopolis says that demand for skilled UX designers will continue as online and mobile companies focus on customer satisfaction. A degree in an area such as information design will be an asset but what really counts is experience.
A company's image is everything, and a marketing manager is responsible for creating and maintaining that image through advertising, PR, social media and other forms of corporate communication. Jobs listed on the Workopolis website generally require a marketing or business degree along with experience.
According to Workopolis, corporate training is a good option for qualified educators. You'll need an undergraduate degree as well as a postgraduate qualification in educational technology, adult learning or instructional design.
Since Canada is officially bilingual, it makes sense for companies to provide their services in English and French. Workopolis says that the highest demand for English/French translators is in Ontario. While a university degree in either of these languages is an asset, it's more important that you're fluent in both languages and have CTTIC certification.
Especially in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta there is a high demand for registered nurses. You'll need a nursing qualification, preferably a degree, as well as licensing with the Canadian Nurses Association and (for some jobs) with the relevant provincial regulatory body. According to Workopolis, nursing is the top job where you can get hired straight out of university.
In Canada, a physiotherapist should have a degree in physiotherapy as well as membership of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Specific jobs may also require membership of local or provincial governing bodies. Workopolis also lists physiotherapy as one of the top fields where you can get hired without work experience.
To find a job as an occupational therapist in Canada, you need a university degree as well as membership of a professional organization such as the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and the provincial regulatory body. According to Workopolis, occupational therapists can find a job straight out of university.
According to Robert Half's 2015 Salary Guide there is a high demand for business analysts and business systems analysts. You'll need a business degree with an emphasis on project management, but Workopolis says that you can get hired without work experience.
Accountants are still in demand, according to the Robert Half 2015 Salary Guide. This is another job where work experience isn't as important as having a university degree in accounting and a licence with the relevant provincial institute for accountants.
Not all high-paying jobs require a university degree. Transit drivers, for instance, may only need a high school diploma. However, you will need the relevant driver's licence that will allow you to drive a bus, as well as a flawless driving and criminal record.
To become a realtor in Canada you need a high school diploma, but you'll also need to have completed a training course in real estate and have the relevant licence required by your province or territory. Naturally good people skills and being bilingual will help.
Workopolis says that for construction managers, work experience matters more than a university degree. However, some companies require a university degree or diploma in a field such as engineering or construction science.
According to Workopolis, skilled tradespeople are in very high demand in Canada. In the trades, academic qualifications aren't very important but you'll need training in your trade of choice. If you're willing to work in more remote areas, your salary can be much higher.
Mechanics and Service Technicians
Mechanics and service technicians are among the most in-demand jobs in Canada and you need on-the-job training and experience rather than academic qualifications. However, as Workopolis says, you can earn even more if you develop business and marketing skills and then set up your own shop.
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